Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Weekly Wednesday Weigh-In: Starting Week 6

Idea borrowed from Josey. Layout by,!

I was busy this week with work and non-functioning computers at work all week. Staying at work until 8:30 PM one night. In general this doesn't work well with trying to get to the gym, but I did make it twice. 
The weekend wasn't very gym friendly either, but I did get a lot of other stuff done. We are building an aquaponics fish system in our garage so that we can grow our own vegetables. It's fun and produces a lot of veggies fast. It's a good problem solving hobby for me too so it has really kept my mind off TTC. 
I did, however, find out this week that I do in fact have Lupus. I am positive for anti-thyroid antibodies and anti-histone antibodies. Basically, I now have a good reason for why we haven't become pregnant, I have auto-immune problems. So it now looks like intralipids for us with IVF. Probably in Las Vegas at the She.r I.nstitute. Dates unknown. We are saving up money to be able to pay outright for it instead of going into debt to be able to afford it. Hopefully it won't take too long. In the meantime, I have an appointment with the rheumatologist in late February.

On with the weight loss, or lack thereof:

1. Reiterate my goal and where I stand in reference to this goal. (BMI info from this website)

Starting weight: 145        
Last Week's Weight: 141
Current Weight: 141 (no change from last week and -4 overall, 16 lbs to goal)   
Goal Weight : 125       

Starting BMI: 26.5
Last Week's BMI: 25.8
Current BMI: 25.8 (still "overweight")
Goal BMI: 18.5-24.9 or exactly 22.9 for goal weight

2. Discuss what I am going to do to achieve my goals.

Progress on last week's activities:

1. Time my mile and get it down to 12:00 that means a pace of 5.0 miles an hour: I didn't run at the gym at all this week
2. See if I can go 3.75 miles in an hour with a combo of walking/running: see #1
3. Find an alternative for drinking soda at work: I wasn't in the mood to give up soda this week, but a patient just told me today about a football coach that refused to let his team members drink soda all season and all members who complied lost at least 30 pounds, now I don't play football, but I thought it ironic that a patient would bring this up.
4. Try a new vegan recipe: Does eating at Qu.izno's count? you say...well maybe next week
5. Allow Nate to train me for 2 days at the gym: Only goal accomplished
Activities for this coming week: (the more activities I attempt, the more I am likely to achieve)
1. Time my mile and get it down to 12:00 that means a pace of 5.0 miles an hour
2. See if I can go 3.75 miles in an hour with a combo of walking/running
3. Find an alternative for drinking soda at work
4. Try a new vegan recipe
5. Allow Nate to train me for 2 days at the gym.

3. Try to motivate others to join in on trying to lose weight

Bloggers I follow that are participating:
Josey (of course) @ My Cheap Version of Therapy who is post partum
Gee @ GeeBaby who is relatively new to blogging
Bridget @ The Lost Stork who is post partum
Donor Diva @ Donor Diva: Mother via Egg Donation who is trying for #2
Holly G @ Holly G and Co. who is post partum after #2

4. Post a (reasonably healthy) recipe that I've tried, a cooking tip, a new idea for working out for people to try, a photo update of my weight loss, or anything else I feel like sharing.

We've decided to do an aquaponics system in our garage this year to try to save money on the organic vegetables that we currently purchase at the store including: lettuce, basil, tomato, cucumbers, chives, broccoli, and a few others that I can't think of. It gives me a project and something to focus my mind on. 
I'll post some pictures in the next day or so, I hope some of my readers are interested in this project because it's really exciting for me. 
I'll be getting some fish in a few days.

The website I primarily used for my design can be found here
Design specifically found at:

I even built my own bell siphon just as a personal challenge found at:


  1. You are amazing- that sounds so cool! I am sorry to hear you have lupus, but I am glad you have at least figured something out and can hopefully find a way to get pregnant now. I am failing miserably at my diet.

  2. Wow, the aquaponics thing sounds really amazing! Can't wait to hear more about it.

    Maintaining during a stressful week is also a good accomplishment - it means you were doing "emotional eating" and you were moving your body enough while doing everything else that was stressing you out at work. Way to go!

    Sorry to hear about the lupus, though I suppose in some twisted way it's nice to know WHY you've had TTC issues, maybe?

  3. At least you are maintaining the weight you have already lost. I highly recommend My Fitness Pal, it has really help me become honest about everything I put in my mouth. Wishing you a great week!

  4. Oh Michele. I'm so sorry about the Lupus news. That must have been hard to hear but maybe a bit of a relief knowing there is a reason that your body hasn't been cooperating?

    I'm sure though that once you guys have your pennies saved the IVF is going to be the route that get's you your baby.

    Thinking of you!!!

  5. Oh goodness...sorry to hear about the Lupus. Hopefully though, with the diagnosis, it will provide you some answers and help you move forward with this process.

  6. I'm so sorry about the lupus and the wait you have to go through before pursuing IVF.
    Don't know if you seen Belle's blog but she has some sort of lupus as well and are just starting her first IVF, here's the link if you are interested:

  7. The Donor Diva left a comment on my blog about your Wednesday Weigh In. I would love to join in!


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